Manage Passwords and Keep Your Sanity
In life, I wear many hats.
I am a Software Engineer, so I know what leaps we have to go through to keep your data safe, when it’s on our servers. We do our best to keep things simple for you, but we can’t do it all. As such, having a good password is what we expect of you. Doing this keeps us, and you safe(er) from data breaches.
But, it would seem you’re not keeping your end of the bargain:
So what makes a good password? Longer is better. Multiple types of characters (letters, digits, special characters, etc.) are better. Not based on a dictionary word. So on, and so forth. What are you left with. Phrases that are unrecognizable as ‘human’.
I am also a consumer. Setting different passwords for each account is also recommended, as a breach on one won’t lead to a breach of another. But who has time to generate (and remember) these complex password for every site one visits?
I feel the pain on both sides of the equation. Passwords suck!
I am also an open-source advocate (some might even say zealot). So until the boffins in the lab come up with something better than passwords, I can heartily recommend KeePass Password Safe. This is a nifty bit of open-source software that will help you manage your passwords. You can run it pretty much everywhere you can run software. It saves your passwords to an encrypted file, and helps you generate strong, complex passwords. When you need to use them, just copy-paste them from the KeePass application to your browser or other application.
Go forth and continue to enjoy your computing experience, but help keep us all safe by using strong passwords. Using KeePass will help you keep them strong and unique and best of all, maintain your sanity. Just don’t lose that password file!